Paleography and Archive Administration (2019/2020)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PALEOGRAFIA (M) 6 M-STO/09-PALEOGRAPHY Sem 2A Massimiliano Bassetti
ARCHIVISTICA (M) 6 M-STO/08-ARCHIVAL SCIENCE, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARIANSHIP Sem 2B Massimiliano Bassetti

Learning outcomes

The module intends to put attending students in a position to date, read, interpret and examine the main forms of manuscript testimonies in the Latin alphabet (libraries, documentaries, epigraphs) of the classical age, the late antique and the early Middle Ages. The course aims to give knowledge about a specific kind of archives and documents in relation to the context in which they were produced, to the bureaucratic order and to the relevant legislation.

Syllabus

In the course will be analyzed, by means of texts reading and commentary, the chief typologies of books and charters production between the Late Antique and the Middle Ages, with special attention to relations between documental practice, laws and justice. An adequate knowledge of institutional medieval history and latin is required.
Reference books:
P. Cherubini, A. Pratesi, Paleografia latina. L'avventura grafica del mondo occidentale, Città del Vaticano, 2010 (Littera Antiqua, 16)
A. Petrucci, Prima lezione di paleografia, Roma-Bari, 2011

Main themes of the course are: The archival arrangement: main principles, historical aspects, fonds definition, periodization, relationship between the fonds and the creator of the records. The archival description: main principles, methods, representation models, international standards; finding aids. The ICT role in the field of historical archives.

Reference books:

- M. Guercio, P. Carucci, Manuale di archivistica, Roma, Carocci, 2008
- L. Giuva, S. Vitali, I. Zanni Rosiello, Il potere degli archivi. Usi del passato e difesa dei diritti nella società contemporanea, Milano, B. Mondadori, 2007

Special schedules for not regular attenders have to be drawn with the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge, with special reference to the cases of study discussed during the lectures and to the general aspects of archive keeping (cf. the Companions in the Syllabus).

The oral examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge, with special reference to the the cases of study discussed during the lectures (above all book and charters production from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, and all the topic of relationship between archives and Authorities; general knowledge of the companions in use will be checked, as well.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Linda Giuva, Stefano Vitali, Isabella Zanni Rosiello Il potere degli archivi. Usi del passato e difesa dei diritti nella società contemporanea Bruno Mondadori 2008 9788842492474
Maria Guercio, Paola Carucci Manuale di archivistica Carocci 2008 9788843045891
P. Cherubini, A. Pratesi Paleografia latina. L'avventura grafica del mondo occidentale (Edizione 1) Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica 2010 978-88-85054-20-2